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Benjamin Beeson, Sr.

Birthplace: Rising Sun, Cecil, Maryland
Death: Died in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Randolph County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Beeson, Sr. and Charity Beeson
Husband of Elizabeth Beeson
Father of Isaac Beeson, Sr.; Benjamin Beason, Jr; William Beeson; Frances Lamb; Richard Beeson and 7 others
Brother of John Beeson; Richard Beeson, Jr.; Phebe Harris (Beeson); Edward Beeson; Charity Mendenhall (Beeson) and 5 others

Occupation: Revolutionary War Soldier
Managed by: Richard Alan Welch
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About Benjamin Beeson, Sr.

Benjamin Beeson, born 1/14/1714 Chester Co, Pa; married Elizabeth Hunter

Benjamin Beeson Family

Son Benjamin Beeson married Elizabeth Hunter according to a tradition described in "The Bason-Beason-Beeson Mixup," by W. P. Johnson in North Carolina Genenalogy, Spring 1968. Two pewter platters that Elizabeth Hunter brought to America from England have been handed down in the Beeson family.

Benjamin & Elizabeth Beeson had twelve children recorded in New Garden Monthly Meeting records in North Carolina:Isaac Beeson (12/26/1739); Benjamin Beeson (2/9/1741); William Beeson (11/11/1743); Frances Beeson (12/20/1744); Richard Beeson (3/11/1747); Ann Beeson (5/30/1749); Betty Beeson (7/30/1754); Edward Beeson (1/1/1757); Rachel Beeson (2/14/1759); Jane Beeson (3/22/1760); Mary Beeson (9/21/1762).

Benjamin Beeson died 6/4/1794 in Randolph County, North Carolina, and is buried at Centre Monthly Meeting.


Born 1713 or 1714


•Name: Benjamin, Sr BEESON

•Given Name: Benjamin, Sr

•Surname: Beeson

•Sex: M

•Birth: 14 Jan 1714/15 in Center MM, Guilford County, North Carolina

•Death: 14 Jun 1794 in Frederick, Randolph County, North Carolina

•Religion: 25 May 1754 Quaker, New Garden MM, Guilford County, North Carolina

•Event: Military Discharge 1776 Listed in DAR records has having fought in Revolutionary War

Father: Richard, Sr BEESON b: 10 Oct 1684 in Nottingham, New Castle County, Delaware c: 24 Oct 1706 in Quaker

Mother: Charity GRUBB b: 29 Sep 1687 in Brandywine, New Castle County, Delaware

Marriage 1 Elizabeth HUNTER b: 14 Jan 1717/18 in Randolph County, North Carolina

•Married: 14 Jun 1738 in Hopewell MM, Frederick County, Virginia


1. Isaac BEESON b: 26 Dec 1739 in Hopewell MM, Frederick County, Virginia

2. Benjamin, Jr BEESON b: 9 Feb 1740/41 in Deep River MM, Guilford County, North Carolina

3. William BEESON b: 11 Nov 1743 in Hopewell MM, Frederick County, Virginia

4. Frances BEESON b: 10 Dec 1744 in Hopewell MM, Frederick County, Virginia

5. Richard BEESON b: 11 Mar 1746/47 in Hopewell MM, Frederick County, Virginia

6. Ann BEESON b: 30 May 1749 in Hopewell MM, Frederick County, Virginia

7. Charity BEESON b: 25 Aug 1751 in Hopewell MM, Frederick County, Virginia

8. Elizabeth BEESON b: 30 Jul 1754 in Hopewell MM, Frederick County, Virginia

9. Richard Edward BEESON b: 1 Jan 1757 in New Garden MM, Guilford County, North Carolina

10. Rachel BEESON b: 14 Feb 1759 in New Garden MM, Guilford County, North Carolina

11. Jane BEESON b: 22 Mar 1760 in New Garden MM, Guilford County, North Carolina

12. Mary BEESON b: 21 Sep 1762 in New Garden MM, Guilford County, North Carolina

Source: rootsweb



Written by William Wade Hinshaw

New Garden Monthly Meeting was set up in 1754 by direction of Perquimans and Little River Quarterly Meeting. This action of the Quarterly Meeting is recorded in the following minutes. "Perquimans and Little River Quarterly Meeting held at Old Neck in the County of Perquimans, N.C., the 25th of the 5 mo. 1754. Friends at New Garden requested this meeting to Grant them the privilege of holding a Monthly Meeting amongst them by Reason of the hardship they underwent in Attending the monthly meeting at Cane Creek; And it appeared to this meeting that there is Near or Quite Forty Families of Friends seated in them parts; In consideration of which, this meeting thought proper to grant them there request. New Garden Monthly Meeting Minutes. "From our Quarterly Meeting held at Old Neck, in the County of Perquimans, ye 25th to ye 26th of ye 5th mo. 1754. To Friends at New Garden in Capefair:Dear Friends: These are to inform you that your request of having a Monthly Meeting settled among you, was laid before this meeting, and Friends having weightily considered thereof, unanimously agreed to grant your request. Signed on behalf, and by order of, our aforesaid meeting by Joseph Ratliff, Clerk. A list of the names of some of the men embraced in the original membership of New Garden Monthly Meeting includes Thomas Beals, BENJAMIN BEESON, near Deep River, Wm. Beeson, Abraham Cook, Daniel Dillon, Eleazar Hunt, William Hunt, Mordecai Mendenhall, near Deep River, John Mills, Henry Mills, Hur Mills, Thomas Mills, Benjamin Rudduck, John Rudduck, Thos. Thornbrugh, (appointed first clerk) Thomas Vestal, Richard Williams. Among those who became members by the presentation of certificates during the first few months were James Brown, William Smith, wife and children, Richard Beeson and wife, George Hyatt, Isaac Cox and wife, Anthony Hoggatt and wife, Benjamin Britain,Joseph Unthank, wife and children, Samuel Pearson, wife and children, Nathan Dicks, Zacharias Dicks, Peter Dicks, wifeand children, Isaac Pidgeon and Joseph Hoggatt. Robert Hodgson, Manuel Edwards and George Hodgson were received in membership by request. The following account of the early history of New Garden Meeting is abstracted from "Southern Quakers and Slavery", pages 104-108. " Of the settlers who formed the New Garden meetings the first to arrive were doubtless the immigrants from Pennsylvania by way of Maryland. They brought the name with them from Pennsylvania. It has always been a characteristic of Quakers to reproduce the names of the sections with which they have been associated in former years.Many English Quaker names are reproduced in America. There is a New Garden and a Springfield in Pennsylvania. They were carried thence to North Carolina, and from there, in turn, to Indiana." (Dr. Albert Cook Myers, in "Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania", says that New Garden Meeting in Pennsylvania was named in remembrance of New Garden Meeting in County Carlow, Ireland.) " The first settlement at New Garden was about 1750. In 1751 a meeting for worship was granted by Cane Creek Monthly Meeting. For the next three years the monthly meeting circulated between Cane Creek and New Garden. The settlement must have grown rapidly, for New Garden Monthly Meeting was set up in 1754. It was destined to become the most important meeting in the State, and was the mother of many others. In the first year, 1754, we have settlers coming in from Pennsylvania, from Hopewell and Fairfax meetings, Virginia. During 1755 nine certificates were received, representing Pennsylvania and Virginia only. According to the official minutes, which note all certificates received, there were brought in during the sixteen years, 1754-70, inclusive, eighty-six certificates in all. Of these, forty-five came from Pennsylvania, thirty-five from Virginia, one from Maryland, and four from northeastern North Carolina. " The New Garden settlers were soon to be reinforced by other immigrants who also came from old Quaker stock. These were the settlers from Nantucket Island, Mass. This movement began in 1771, and Libni Coffin was the first Nantucket man to arrive at New Garden. During the period of five years from 1771 to 1775 there were forty-one certificates recorded at New Garden Monthly Meeting from Nantucket out of a total of fifty certificates received." Migration from the northward stopped suddenly at the outbreak of the Revolution. From that time the meetings were kept up by natural increase, not by new arrivals. About the end of the eighteenth century there began the great migration to the Middle West, which sapped the strength of all North Carolina meetings and ended the existence of many. New Garden contributed in large numbers to the movement but had sufficient vitality to withstand the losses in membership.

Source: New Garden Friends Meeting Web Site


Patriot Status per DAR Database:


Ancestor #: A008558





Service Source: NC REV ARMY ACCTS, VOL A, P 255, VOUCHER #577; VOL C, P 113, VOUCHERS #4520,4522

Service Description: 1) FURNISHED SUPPLIES

Residence: 1) County: RANDOLPH CO - State: NORTH CAROLINA



U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about Benjmain Beason

Name: Benjmain Beason

SAR Membership: 83057

Birth Date: 1717

Birth Place: Frederick, Virginia

Death Date: 14 Jun 1794

Death Place: Randolph, North C

Father: Richard Beeson

Mother: Charity Grubb

Spouse: Elizabeth Beason

Children: Richard Beeson


Benjamin Beeson is listed in the DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition,copyright 1994,

by the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, page 214, PS NC.


Benjamin Beeson Will:

I Benjamin Beeson of Randolph county and State of North Carolina being advanced to old age and calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die and now bing in but a poor state of health but of a sound mind and memory thanks to the auther of all good for same, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say first all of my just Debts and funeral charges to be paid by my Executors hereafter to be named. First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth all my Personal Estate Except the Cash notes during her widowhood, the house she now lives in, the barn and Building with one half orchard and five or Six poles Round the Dwelling home to make her a garden with wood and wather or as much as she Shall think best. Twenty five Bushels of bread stuff one fat hogg every year During her widowhood and four or five of cleared land when she Shall think best if she needs so much bread paid by my son Edward Beeson. 2nd at the end of her widowhood to be Equally Divided Amongst my five sons Isaac, William, Richard, Edward and Benjamin. 3rd and lastly at the end of my wifes widowhood all the Rest of my Movable Estate to be Equally divided amongst all my children that is living (to wit) Isaac, Benjamin, William, Richard, Edward, Frances, Ann, Charity, Betty, Mary. I do Constitute and Ordain my two sons Isaac & Edward Beeson Executors of this my last will and testament and revoke all others heretofore by me made.Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presents of us this 2nd day of the 4th Month 1794.Benjamin (B) Beeson (seal) his mark 

William Beeson

Henry Lamb

Benjamin Lamb



A Benjamin Beeson was an original member of the New Garden Friends (Quaker) Mtg., Guilford Co., NC. A Benjamin Beeson was also an early member at the Center Mtg., Guilfod Co., NC which was set up in 1757.

During the American Revolution, New Garden Meeting House became a "hospital" for any injured person. On the meeting rounds, in the meeting house and in homes of Friends who lived nearby, many hundreds of wounded and dying men were caref for. These casualties came from early skirmishes on March 15, 17-- on the mtg house grounds itself, as well as from the main battle which occurred in the afternoon near Guilford Court House. (The battle was in later years known as the Guilford Court House Battle.)

Earlier, the British general, Cornwallis, authorized his men to use the New Garden church benches on which to butcher animals. Apparently, the benches were taken outside of this activity.

New Garden Mtg was established as a Monthly Meeting in 1754, although Friends had lived in the area since the later 1740's. These including the following names from our family: Beals, Thornbrough, Hunt, Beeson/Beason, and Stanley. New Garden soon became the center of Friends' activities in NC. ____________________________________________________________________________

In letter written by his son Richard Beeson and wife Abigail - I must inform you that Benjamin Beeson have come out of hillsborough jail after lying in about three months, then came out with being branded in the hand and paying upwards of two hundred dollars cost.


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Benjamin Beeson, Sr.'s Timeline

January 14, 1715
Rising Sun, Cecil, Maryland
June 14, 1738
Age 23
Frederick County (Present Loudon County), Province of Virginia
December 26, 1739
Age 24
Chester, Pennsylvania
February 9, 1741
Age 26
Hopewell, Frederick Co., VA
November 11, 1743
Age 28
New Garden Mm, Guilford Co., North Carolina
December 10, 1744
Age 29
Hopewell, Frederick Co., VA
May 11, 1747
Age 32
Frederick County, Province of Virginia
May 30, 1749
Age 34
Hopewell, Frederick Co., VA
August 25, 1751
Age 36
Hopewell, Frdrck, Virginia, USA
July 30, 1754
Age 39
Hopewell, Frederick County, Colony of Virginia, British Empire